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stevie
09-01-2009, 20:53
Made a trip up to a very grey and murky RAF Wigsley today and found very little remaining although the excellent three storey control tower (been wanting to photograph this for years!!) more than made up for it!

Wigsley had Hampdens, Lancasters and Manchesters flying out of here during it's war time days and Vampires and Meteors during the 1950's.

The Control Tower
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371290.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371291.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371292.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371294.jpg
I love the way misty conditions always add to the atmosphere on old airfields
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371313.jpg
Some views inside the tower
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371306.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371299.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371302.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371303.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371307.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371304.jpg

stevie
09-01-2009, 21:22
Ha Ha!! I might have guessed you would have found some more hidden treasures elsewhere Noel :D

Heres some more pics i took on some farm land down the road from the tower. Many thanks to the very helpful landowner who showed me around.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371320.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371314.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371321.jpg
Inside the old operations block & interrogation centre -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371317.jpg
Amazingly..these are apparently some of the original seats from the airfields cinema..
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371318.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371319.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371315.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371316.jpg

..and of course the toilet block...quite a few of these are still standing around Wigsley.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371325.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL371311.jpg

Cheers,
Steve
:)

PETERTHEEATER
10-01-2009, 11:11
Yep. Those look like genuine RAF ASTRA cinema seats. Designed by the Spanish Inquisition!

CDP
10-01-2009, 18:08
Excellent photos Stevie, especially the interiors. Must go back there sometime soon as there's a bit more to Wigsley than the tower. Most of my photos are generally "over the hedge" long shots.

Worth remembering the Stirlings of 1654 HCU. One of these aircraft, Stirling III LJ682, met an undignified (and luckily for the crew, non-fatal) end in the Derbyshire Peak District on Margery Hill. Sections of the wreck were recovered in 2005 by members of 'The Stirling Project'. Some parts, I think, are now with the RAF Museum reserve collection.

Chris

Hawkeye001
10-01-2009, 19:18
My Grandfather has worked for the famer that owns the land so atleast in the future we have a point of contact as well.

stevie
10-01-2009, 19:58
Nice one Warren. There was a hell of a lot of farm work going on whilst i was there out on the airfield. Very busy.

Thanks Rich. I agree about the tower.
I'm intrigued to know how many towers of that design were actually built and how many still survive. There can't have been many. Also why are they so much bigger than the more traditional two storey building.

....and why at Wigsley???

Okay!! okay!!...i think that enough questions for one day!! :lol: :lol:

Cheers
Steve

Paul Francis
10-01-2009, 21:03
The only one of your questions that I can answer is the first, its unique and I cannot explain why the airfield should have such a tower block of a CT. Perhaps the local Clerk of Works had a secret stash of whisky and was pissed out of his head when he drew the final plans up. The drawing starting off as a bomber sat watch office but with each sip, so the building grew, firstly lengthways then when he got bored with that, more floors were added until the CT was actually larger than the whole of the tech site! Or something like that. The name Ronan Point springs to mind, was Wigsley built by Taylor Woodrow by any chance? Maybe they got the idea from their wartime experiences at Wigsley?

PETERTHEEATER
11-01-2009, 09:17
Cheers Chris,


Funnily enough the farmer who let me wonder around his buildings mentioned that Stirling crash and it's recovery.

I think another trip up there may be a good idea at some point for me also. I've since learnt that the old bomb stores still survive in the Wigsley woods. Didn't have time to venture up there as i wanted to visit Winthorpe and Syerston as well before it got dark.

The bomb store was located in a wooded area which was not suitable for post-war agricultural development so there should be significant remains. Looking on Google Earth, part of the site has pond areas as if some gravel extraction has taken place.

Here are some surviving structures in the northern part of the Bomb Store area:

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.22197 ... =0&src=msa (http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.221979&lon=-0.725514&z=19.3&r=0&src=msa)

This is an HE Bomb Store. Probably AM Drawing 3164/42:

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.21971 ... =0&src=msa (http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.219712&lon=-0.72665&z=17&r=0&src=msa)

And another:

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.22058 ... =0&src=msa (http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.220585&lon=-0.724175&z=17&r=0&src=msa)

There would have been 3 to 4 HE Bomb Stores but I can only plot two with certainty.

Wesleybob
11-01-2009, 12:29
Excellent photos Stevie, especially the interiors. Must go back there sometime soon as there's a bit more to Wigsley than the tower. Most of my photos are generally "over the hedge" long shots.

Worth remembering the Stirlings of 1654 HCU. One of these aircraft, Stirling III LJ682, met an undignified (and luckily for the crew, non-fatal) end in the Derbyshire Peak District on Margery Hill. Sections of the wreck were recovered in 2005 by members of 'The Stirling Project'. Some parts, I think, are now with the RAF Museum reserve collection.

Chris

Great photos. thanks Stevie.

My Dad was at Wigsley in August 1944 as a trainee Flight Engineer so it was good for me to get a glimpse of the place.

Dad flew with 1654 HCU throughout August '44 in various aircraft all with the squadron prefix UG. Would these aircraft have been Stirlings? Seems strange to be training on Stirlings as his next course was at the Lancaster Finishing school Syerston, and he was destined to fly in Lancasters with 9 Squadron.
Looking at his logbook, it seems his future crew may have been formed there. Was that normal practice, or would 'crewing up' have occurred at an operational Squadron?

canberra
11-01-2009, 12:45
Crewing up was done at the HCU. As a flight engineer your dad would have done very little flying before he got to the HCU thats why he probably flew in so many different types.

Stevo
18-01-2009, 04:39
RAF Thornaby had an unknown (possibly unique) tower design to drawing number TY1214.

;)

Paul Francis
18-01-2009, 10:13
Stevo I always thought (when I saw a photo) it was similar to Manby and therefore not unique though the drawing number only represents that at Thornaby.

CDP
18-01-2009, 12:23
Would appreciate it Chris. Cheers.
There must have been other airfields out there that had the same tower block style building design. Im sure Wigsley isn't exclusively the only one! (or maybe it is!!!!!)

Steve

Steve, Wigsley's tower is to drawing number WIG/20 & WIG/1221. NJR and self were chatting to one of the locals about it whilst there and it seems that several years ago, there were plans to turn it into a restaurant.

Chris

P Bellamy
18-01-2009, 16:36
Here's a quick and nasty comparison between the Wigsley, Manby and Thornaby Towers.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/WMTTowers.jpg

(From the photos of Thornaby's tower I've guesstimated it to be about 30' x 20')

PB

CDP
19-01-2009, 03:01
A few to compliment Stevies recent Wigsley photos.

Tech Site Sub-Station (11274/41)
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_3893.jpg

Operations & Interrogation Block (228/43), rear
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_3994.jpg

Operations & Interrogation Block (228/43), interior
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_3966.jpg

Operations & Interrogation Block (228/43), interior - PBX room
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_3989.jpg

Site No 3 Picket Post (585/41)
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_3996.jpg

17/01/09

Chris

CDP
22-01-2009, 12:55
Simon - they're on Communal Site No. 2. The brick towers are original but the "Nissen-types" are newer builds, though they're pretty much located on the concrete bases of the previously existing wartime buildings.

Chris

NJR
04-02-2009, 21:53
The tower area is a bit of a mess nowadays, a meeting place for the local misunderstood youth who have no other facilities!

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/WigsleySaturday17thJanuary2009030.jpg

NJR

airfields man
28-05-2009, 00:33
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window-155.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window0001-119.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window0002-104.jpg
I took these photographs in 1999. From one of the people I used to call on in Lincoln a young chap working for him told me that he was responsible for some of the early graffiti.

stevie
12-06-2009, 00:03
It's nice to see that the tower hasn't changed to much on the outside over the years looking at airfields mans pics from 1999. It's a different story on the inside though. Heres a few pics i took a couple of weekends ago in gorgeous sunshine which was in total contrast to the bleakness of the pics i took at the beginning of this Wigsley thread back in the dark depths of january.

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372312.jpg

Below:Not that it's that obvious but hidden amongst the undergrowth is the remains of the signal square -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372308.jpg

Below: Some more views from inside.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372326.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372323.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372327.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372319.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372316.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372313.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372325.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372314.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372324.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372322.jpg

and back outside again -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372329.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL372311.jpg

Cheers,
Steve

woodster
24-02-2010, 12:01
http://i579.photobucket.com/albums/ss234/woody_photo/24-02-2010105447.jpg Wigsley tower in 1979

woodster
24-02-2010, 12:03
http://i579.photobucket.com/albums/ss234/woody_photo/24-02-2010105827.jpg the only thing written on the tower wall in 1979 was this,shame that it could not have been left!

airfields man
28-02-2010, 22:10
The young chap that I earlier mentioned being responsible for some of the graffiti on this tower has the honour of being the second nephew of Paddy Finucane.

Hawkeye001
28-04-2010, 14:45
Here is one or two pics from the dispersed sites :

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07057.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07060.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07062.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07066.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07066.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07068.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07077.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07078.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07083.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07045.jpg

Enjoy!!!

Regards,

HawkEye001

Hawkeye001
28-04-2010, 15:50
Here are a couple more:

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07048.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07086.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h280/Hawkeye001/Assortment/DSC07092.jpg


HawkEye001

Woody483
28-01-2012, 15:05
Thanks to Hawkeye for a Saturday morning sunny walk around Wigsley and to check out his find on Google Earth hidden away in the trees - the 25 yard range. Couple of 303 cases that were found were dated 1944.76127611

stevie
28-01-2012, 15:45
I didn't realise the Gun Butts were still standing at Wigsley. Nice pics.

tigger
28-01-2012, 16:12
http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=53.22029572282114&lon=-0.7231235504150391&gz=18&oz=8&gt=1

Woody483
29-01-2012, 11:58
Couple more yesterday..761676177618

stevie
06-03-2012, 00:34
Here's another old photo i'm posting on behalf of Bomber from his awesome collection. Photos of the one time runway at Wigsley must be extremely rare so many thanks for sharing this mate -

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/Airfields%202/Wigsley1.jpg
(Photo taken and sent to me by Alan Wood)

NJR
19-07-2012, 20:45
Dusk view of the tower, Feb 2012

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/WigsleyTues28thFeb201213.jpg

Ossington_2008
01-08-2012, 10:47
Recent flyby:

http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/176.jpg

http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/180.jpg

Bomber
01-08-2012, 11:38
Nice shots there Ossington. Suprisingley it is still quite easy to make out the lines of the runways & other feature in the land scape .
Regards ,
Bomber .;-)

P Bellamy
29-08-2012, 20:05
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window-155.jpg

The different brickwork and the position of the wall/roof lines, small windows and the doorway in the lower left quarter of this photo have been niggling me for some time, until I remembered where I'd seen something pretty much identical before.

The "back" end of the Watch Office with Operations Room, Type B, 7345/41, also has the same features, the scars of the missing walls appearing to be inset would match the thickened walls of the Ops Room for example.
Not having visited the site myself, rough measurements from GE show the dimensions to be about right too.

So with that in mind, here's a hypothetical sequence of building alterations to get from the 7345/41 to what Wigsley ended up with...

Basic structure to 7345/41:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/WWOT-1.jpg

Addition of first floor along the lines of Control Room 4170/43 but with fewer windows:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/WWOT-2.jpg

Addition of smaller second storey along the lines of Observation Room 13079/41:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/WWOT-3a.jpg

Finally, a full-height rebuilding over the original Watch Office end of the structure:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/WWOT-4.jpg

As I say, it's just a theory, so thoughts and comments always welcome. ;)

All the best,
PB

ianbache
29-08-2012, 20:20
certainly looks feasible PB now you have broke it down into sections, looks about right
Regards Ian

CDP
29-08-2012, 22:15
That tower is certainly a conundrum and it's the best theory so far. The building itself has its own drawing number WIG/20, suggesting a local design, but no known drawing exists. Certainly unique!

Cheers for the ideas though. Best get some drawings ordered...

Chris

CDP
29-08-2012, 22:23
Some interiors from 2006. Someone has had it away with the window frames since these were taken and much of the graffiti on the top floor control room has, for some reason, been whitewashed out (literally!). Tigger may have some photos from 28/08/12 as I didn't bother taking the camera inside.

Ground floor
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/P1010122.jpg

Ground floor corridor
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/P1010120.jpg

Top floor flying control room. Note especially the angled window recesses, concrete rendered. All of the others are just plain 'squared off'
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/P1010131.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/P1010130.jpg

Chris

Ossington_2008
30-08-2012, 08:24
Nice calculatin' Paul. There's a measured drawing of this tower in the Dec 2007 issue of AR by Allan M Waddington if it helps. From earlier this year, sorry it's upsun:

http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/344.jpg

Richard Flagg
30-08-2012, 10:12
This is what appeared in AR117, December 2007 regarding Wigsley.

COPYRIGHT - Airfield Research Group

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NOTTINGHAMSHIRE/Wigsley/AR117Wigsley1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NOTTINGHAMSHIRE/Wigsley/AR117Wigsley2.jpg

I will dig out some internal photos I took in 2009 when I get 5 mins

tigger
30-08-2012, 11:17
Thanks Rich. It's missing the pitched roof section (concrete base remains) and the 'lean-to' (from the porch wall towards the road) which appeared to cover a motor plinth, but is a huge help.


There are some photos I took on tuesday (PB has already seen them) at: http://photobucket.com/wigsley
I won't add them to the thread as many just duplicate others that are already on here. Internally it is obvious the tower was built in several stages and the development stages put forward by PB fits quite well with what is seen on site. Other photographs on the internet appear to show a flat-roofed rectangular room and a blast wall on the 'road' end but the evidence on the wall is of a pitched roof. There is the remains of lead flashing and tie-ins visible in an inverted 'V' consistent with the height of a 7345/41. The concrete base and brick impressions in this area suggest one large room and possibly a WC next to an entrance corridor. It needs cleaning of grass to get a better picture of what was there though.

PETERTHEEATER
09-10-2012, 08:04
Trying to tidy up loose ends I now find that there is (was?) the remains of a Pyrotechnic & Incendiary Bomb Store in Wigsley Wood. It can be seen in GE 'rollback' to 09/07/2004 viz:

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/WigsleyPyroIBSqueryGE09JUL2004.jpg

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=53.222645959738884&lon=-0.7231664657592773&gz=20&oz=7&gt=1

This type of store was standard on the early war bomb store layout 1940 so it looks as if, in common with it's sister airfields such as Ossington and Winthorpe that there were two bomb stores, the original and supplementary (1942).

Does anyone have an RSP to confirm this?

Ossington_2008
09-10-2012, 08:46
As it happens:

http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/WigsBDbest.jpg

(Plan canted to bring N to the top) building 223 is listed as a 18185/40.

http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/172.jpg

More recent view of the general area.

PETERTHEEATER
09-10-2012, 09:14
Your a good man Ossie and that is why I mentioned your pseudonym in my post......

....such as Ossington and Winthorpe.....

That's exactly what I expected, the Pyro & IB Store, and a group of 5416/40 HE Stores Type C one of which has been converted to a later pattern Incendiary Bomb Store, probably 4780/42 Type C

Thanks.

Ossington_2008
09-10-2012, 10:15
Just for you:

http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/WigsBDschedule.jpg

I feel that I'm as detail obsessed as anyone who posts on this forum regularly, but I've never been fluent in these accursed drawing numbers! You, Carnaby and Able Mabel just seem to reel them off in conversation. I appreciate it's handy to "know someone who knows" but to me, bomb dumps come in three flavours, "chocolate block," "knuckle duster" and "loop."
You've got me wondering about number 224 now.

PETERTHEEATER
09-10-2012, 10:54
Thanks Ossie, AM Drawing Numbers for munitions storage buildings are just something that I track. The reality is that if you look at a surviving structure in a bomb store such as a Temporary Brick building and try to guess its function you (and I) would probably be wrong. There are multiple drawings for the same function building and they all look the same, just different drawing dates. I think that as airfields were built, an earlier drawing if suitable was just given a new number/date.

But, of course, what is on the drawing is not always what was built! Look at the southern most HE BS in Wigsley. It is at a different angle to the drawing indication that the constructors had to change the line to skirt a ground feature.

Ossington_2008
09-10-2012, 11:30
Y'know, I never noticed that! This post war OS plan shows the loop angled differently...

http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/WigsBDOSplan.jpg

It's 1130! I really must get away from this computer, the suns shining!

Richard Flagg
23-05-2013, 18:01
I have heard that that the Tower at Wigsley has been fenced off, anyone know why?

stevie
24-05-2013, 09:32
As far as I was aware, It had been closed off to keep the kids out. Apparently it's took a bit of a hammering from vandals lately. Not that that is anything new for this tower in recent years. I have since heard that it may have been sold also.

Cheers
Steve

Richard Flagg
27-05-2013, 07:40
Thanks for that Steve, at least for now, hopefully then it is not going anywhere. I wonder if the owner has any plans for it

Ossington_2008
29-05-2013, 19:56
I haven't visited Wigsley for a while, certainly not this year, so news that changes are afoot there prompted me to make a return. Unfortunately today was a little soggy to do it.

http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/013-3_zpsfb18934d.jpg (http://s388.photobucket.com/user/Ossington_2008/media/013-3_zpsfb18934d.jpg.html)

Fencing is of a-keep-animals-out variety, and it is good to see the foliage removed.

http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/019_zps919bb41c.jpg (http://s388.photobucket.com/user/Ossington_2008/media/019_zps919bb41c.jpg.html)

I couldn't make out any lettering on the signals square, but some of the white edging has survived.
Now I feel that these changes are to the good and I really, really hope this building will have a future, (it is on my to-do list should I win the euromillions,) but I get a creepy feeling that space is being made for a crusher and that these are merely preparations for it to be demolished soon.

stevie
29-05-2013, 22:39
There was baby owls nesting in there last time I went in. Are they allowed to demolish derelict buildings if they are found in them? Hopefully not. I know they can't with Bats obviously. Hopefully there's a few of those in there as well just in case the plans are to demolish it. I never realised so much of the SS was still intact under all that undergrowth. Only tiny bits where visible before.

Alex Brown
29-05-2013, 23:31
I can't imagine there is enough hardcore there to make it worthwhile... I'm no expert on the subject though and I could be wrong...
:(

Hawkeye001
06-06-2013, 00:04
I have found out now that the tower is not down to be demolished but the owner wanted to clean the area up.

There is a boundary dispute between two of the land owners at present apparently.

So it looks like its safe.

Bomber
06-06-2013, 22:02
I hope so its a unique control tower & to see it demolished would be a crying shame .

Bomber
11-06-2013, 09:26
some pics of Wigsley from this Friday now they have cleard around the tower

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/nooo/IMG_1034.jpg (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/spinback/media/nooo/IMG_1034.jpg.html)
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/nooo/IMG_1036.jpg (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/spinback/media/nooo/IMG_1036.jpg.html)
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/nooo/IMG_1045.jpg (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/spinback/media/nooo/IMG_1045.jpg.html)

Hawkeye001
11-06-2013, 17:47
An application for this tower to be listed has been submitted.

stevie
02-07-2013, 08:15
Here's a couple of nice 'then & now' comparison shots I thought would be worth posting up that I took on a last minute visit yesterday The 1950 photos are courtesy of Mike Smith & Newark Air Museum who kindly shared them with me. -

1950 -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/nooo/Wigsley2.jpg (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/spinback/media/nooo/Wigsley2.jpg.html)
2013 -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/nooo/DSCF1272.jpg (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/spinback/media/nooo/DSCF1272.jpg.html)
1950 -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/nooo/Wigsley12.jpg (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/spinback/media/nooo/Wigsley12.jpg.html)
2013 -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/nooo/DSCF1285.jpg (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/spinback/media/nooo/DSCF1285.jpg.html)

I didn't have the 1950 photos on my person when I re-visited Wigsley yesterday, so had to go on memory so there as accurate as I could remember at the time.

Cheers
Steve

Azza118
16-11-2013, 02:33
I went up on 13/11/13 and took some wonderful pictures, there is what I believe to be a bomb store wall left at wigsley

P Bellamy
16-11-2013, 02:55
there is what I believe to be a bomb store wall left at wigsley

The big wall is the backstop for the small-arms range.

All the best,
PB

PETERTHEEATER
16-11-2013, 04:27
Thanks, the Pyro and IB Store appears to be 18185/40 pattern permanent brick so a survivor.

The 25 yard range remains are here adjacent to the bomb store:

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=53.220285&lon=-0.723160&lz=15&rz=20&lt=OS&rt=satellite&lov=None&rov=None

Azza118
03-01-2014, 21:34
Ive been up this evening and its all breezeblocked up again and the gate is now shut at the main road.

Richard Flagg
03-01-2014, 23:32
Ive been up this evening and its all breezeblocked up again and the gate is now shut at the main road.

Azza, if you have any images they would be great to see. I think I saw some of yours on faceache before, you can post them here by following the instructions in this thread;
http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?12240-Image-posting-(Direct-linking-from-Faceache)&p=137796#post137796

Rich

Azza118
05-01-2014, 20:25
Azza, if you have any images they would be great to see. I think I saw some of yours on faceache before, you can post them here by following the instructions in this thread;
http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?12240-Image-posting-(Direct-linking-from-Faceache)&p=137796#post137796

Rich

Hi Rich see if this works,
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1463956_203305259852636_97744133_n.jpg
https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1459991_204142949768867_614929001_n.jpg
https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1460980_204143099768852_2113985760_n.jpg
https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1460079_204143226435506_203561065_n.jpg
https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1000366_204143313102164_2136230593_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1146739_204143369768825_1849856919_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1459056_204143406435488_1810471125_n.jpg
https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1392450_204143493102146_1770700662_n.jpg
https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/994388_204143526435476_268340301_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/996066_204143553102140_1807244013_n.jpg

lots more to follow I think we took about 50 photos over several visits :)

Azza118
05-01-2014, 20:30
set 2
https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1470151_204143573102138_1595110155_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1472968_204143649768797_1217797630_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/994386_204143703102125_1029623016_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1455955_204143873102108_640817794_n.jpg
Not sure what these are we think war related
https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1395350_204144086435420_2009828590_n.jpg
https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1457639_204144289768733_357958782_n.jpg
https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1450799_204144519768710_790016405_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1441195_204144606435368_882366979_n.jpg
https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1460065_204144679768694_102739503_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1455021_204144716435357_2014150261_n.jpg

Azza118
05-01-2014, 20:38
set 3
https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1460193_204145009768661_2115451282_n.jpg
https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1456698_204145029768659_488138136_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/553218_204145046435324_1745700745_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1461802_204145069768655_563067101_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1426709_204145163101979_387267374_n.jpg
https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1385677_204145213101974_1284862102_n.jpg
Same as one previous https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1468819_204145333101962_303889238_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1469774_204351596414669_1268654469_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1455133_204351589748003_315004659_n.jpg
https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/537996_204352083081287_1243107074_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/644528_204352009747961_181225372_n.jpg

Azza118
05-01-2014, 20:40
the final one
https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1456759_204143233102172_1994862081_n.jpg

after looking through our collection these are the best ones... happy browsing :)

Marc (also known as Azza)

Alex Brown
05-01-2014, 20:46
Good stuff, thanks for that Marc.

I don't much like the look of that "hanging" lintel in the upstairs of the tower!

Did you get a picture of it now it's all been blocked up again?

Azza118
05-01-2014, 21:11
Hi Arcade Al, It was very dark and windy when we passed however hoping to revisit to get that shot for you all in daylight as only about 6 miles from it.

Cheers
Marc

Azza118
05-01-2014, 22:32
Here by special request taken this evening :)
https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1530378_219939581522537_1821466767_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1545693_219939591522536_912968777_n.jpg
https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1549313_219939584855870_1117382187_n.jpg

Cheers :)

Alex Brown
05-01-2014, 23:08
Thanks Marc, that was above and beyond the call of duty on a grotty evening like this one!

I hope that the work means that someone is now keen to preserve the tower, it's certainly suffered recently at the hands of delinquents using it as somewhere to party.

Azza118
05-01-2014, 23:24
Thanks Marc, that was above and beyond the call of duty on a grotty evening like this one!

I hope that the work means that someone is now keen to preserve the tower, it's certainly suffered recently at the hands of delinquents using it as somewhere to party.


There was definite evidence of that and lets hope something is done as you say to preserve it. Thanks for saying its above and beyond the call of duty.. its better than a couple of nights ago shots were nothing like this evening so it's no bother, like I say 10 minutes drive isn't that bad if the weather isn't either. At least we can all see its been preserved. The concerning part is its a public right of way by the tower and the gate was closed.

Have a good evening everyone.

Marc

Alex Brown
05-01-2014, 23:49
I think someone mentioned that there was a land dispute? It might be related to that.
Blocked footpaths can be reported to the local authority but it doesn't mean that they will do anything about it - in fact in my experience they don't!

Richard Flagg
06-01-2014, 00:07
brilliant stuff Marc, nice to see a pic of the 25 yard range too.

Hope that something positive happens to the tower too.

Azza118
04-02-2014, 23:48
brilliant stuff Marc, nice to see a pic of the 25 yard range too.

Hope that something positive happens to the tower too.


I passed last night and the tower is still bricked up.

dangerousdave
11-02-2014, 04:30
I spoke to the manager of the land a few months back with regards to carrying out a scientific paranormal investigation there. He rents the land that the tower stands on but said the owner of the land is not the friendliest, most approachable person.I was hoping to do it when it's warmer but I guess we'll have to wait and see now. It is my understanding that he was getting cheesed off with illegal parties and graffiti there, and who can blame him? I went in the tower alone a while back and there is certainly something in the bottom room at the front, of that I am certain! I must say that she looks nice now she's been tidied up. It would make a lovely house and I'd love to convert it but rumour has ot that the owner recently turned down a six figure sum for it!

Bomber
11-02-2014, 22:46
Hi dangerous Dave .Wigsley was one of the first airfields I recorded back in 1972 when there were no trees & bushes surrounding the tower .Back then it had not been vandalised & the runways were still in situ although if my memory serves me correctly I think they were just about to start on removing them . I have been back on many occasions & seen the damage done by vandals & how the surrounding area has become over grown . My last visit was last summer with Steve when the scrub had been cleaned up around the site . I would be interested in how you get on regarding your paranormal research as this is something I am interested in having had things happen on other airfields .
Regards ,
Bomber .

dangerousdave
12-02-2014, 09:10
No problem. I'll let you know if I get anything. I have a control tower/museum to do later this year too, time permitting.